Shabs Rajapaksa is a general paediatrician working in Ballarat, Victoria. In this talk, from the first day of the conference she takes a look at a skill that scares many of us. Despite not being a specialist neonatologist or paediatric anaesthetist Shabs points out the importance of maintaining the skill set, including some of the challenges that this might present to the rural practitioner.
Pooled data from over 8000 neonatal intubations showed, as one might expect, that intubation success depended on level of experience. But surprisingly even consultants had a mean first pass success rate of around 60%.